I don't get why statists try to use unions as a reason why capitalism doesn't work and why free marketers (not all of them mind you) are against unions. Thestatists always try to make the argument that without unions laborers would be completely exploited. While unions have helped they definitely aren't the reason why workers have many good things. Even if you believe the myth that unions made the world a paradise then by that logic the free market made the world a paradise for workers. The right of unions to voluntarily associate and form contracts with employers is an example of the free market. In fact governments would often initiate force against workers as a way of forcing them back into a factory an example of something that is not capitalistic and example of where the free market would better treat workers. If anything the problems that unions have caused should be a statist argument in favor of more regulation. While many unions today may rely on government help the unions of the 19th century did not and are not an example of the state and like wise many corporations of today are creatures of the state in the same way many unions are creatures of the state. Just my .02 fiat dollars.